Despite all the advancements in life (like technological developments) there are a growing number of learners that lack effective skills to cope with the ongoing academic demands;
Many learners (even top students) receive extra lessons, have tutors, take medication, and/or require professional interventions;
Parents spend large sums of money on “extra help” but many parents cannot afford this;
Learners often depend on extra lessons/tutors and become passive learners instead of developing a growth-oriented mindset, better thinking skills, independent learning skills, social and emotional skills and strategies (tools) to cope in life;
Children are often involved in too many extra mural activities, which means that they do not have open afternoons and parents lead very busy and full lifestyles too.
Many educators and parents do not have growth-oriented mindsets, knowledge or skills to support children. They do not always believe that they can make a difference, they do not have the time (and energy) and often do not have the expertise to equip learners with the ‘right’ skills that are required to cope in the future;
There are many hidden contexts, curriculum, task and learning material barriers that block thinking and learning;
Limited attention is given by parents, educators, tutors, and even professional practitioners, to the development of processes and strategies for effective thinking and learning to occur, but these skills are expected daily at school and are part of the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) Document.